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Fare Thee Well: The Final Chapter of the Grateful Dead's Long, Strange Trip (Hardcover)

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A tell-all biography of the epic in-fighting of the Grateful Dead in the years following band leader Jerry Garcia's death in 1995

The Grateful Dead rose to greatness under the inspired leadership of guitarist Jerry Garcia, but the band very nearly died along with him. When Garcia passed away suddenly in August of 1995, the remaining band members experienced full crises of confidence and identity. So long defined by Garcia's vision for the group, the surviving "Core Four," as they came to be called, were reduced to conflicting agendas, strained relationships, and catastrophic business decisions that would leave the iconic band in utter disarray. Wrestling with how best to define their living legacy, the band made many attempts at restructuring, but it would take twenty years before relationships were mended enough for the Grateful Dead as fans remembered them to once again take the stage.

Acclaimed music journalist and New York Times bestselling author Joel Selvin was there for much of the turmoil following Garcia's death, and he offers a behind-the-scenes account of the ebbs and flows that occurred during the ensuing two decades. Plenty of books have been written about the rise of the Grateful Dead, but this final chapter of the band's history has never before been explored in detail. Culminating in the landmark tour bearing the same name, Fare Thee Well charts the arduous journey from Garcia's passing all the way up to the uneasy agreement between the Core Four that led to the series of shows celebrating the band's fiftieth anniversary and finally allowing for a proper, and joyous, sendoff of the group revered by so many.

About the Author

Joel Selvin is an award-winning journalist who has covered pop music for the San Francisco Chronicle since 1970. Selvin is the author of the bestselling Summer of Love and coauthor, with Sammy Hagar, of the #1 New York Times bestseller Red. He has written sixteen other books about pop music. Selvin lives in San Francisco, California.

Pamela Turley is an Atlanta-based freelance writer and editor.

Praise For…

"This phenomenon after its leader dies and how
and what it became is a great and inspiring story."--Marty Balin, founder of Jefferson Airplane

"A deep--and deeply reported--dive into the
highs and lows of the Grateful Dead world post-1995, Fare Thee Well is the in-depth postscript we need on life after
Garcia. As the surviving members navigate their jarring new world, you'll be
shocked, surprised, and unexpectedly moved."--David Browne, author of So
Many Roads: The Life and Times of the Grateful Dead

Thee Well
is a masterful summation of the agonies, trials, and tribulations
that beset the Grateful Dead after Jerry Garcia passed away. It made me sigh
with sorrow AND give thanks (virtually simultaneously) for such a gifted group
of musicians. This book will appeal to every Deadhead on the planet. I loved
it."--Sam Cutler, author of You Can't Always Get What You Want: My Life
with the Rolling Stones, the Grateful Dead, and Other Wonderful Reprobates

"As always, Joel Selvin boldly goes where
others fear to tread. Fare Thee Well
is essential reading for all those who have followed the saga of the good old
Grateful Dead to this point in time."--Robert
, author of Dark Star: An
Oral Biography of Jerry Garcia
and Bear:
The Life and Times of Augustus Owsley Stanley III

Thee Well
tells the tale of how the Deadheads rescued the Grateful Dead
from themselves. Bereft of their heart leader after Jerry Garcia died in 1995,
the love of Deadheads kept the music alive so that the phenomena is not merely
enduring but growing--long, strange, and still a trip."--Dennis McNally, author of A
Long, Strange Trip: The Inside History of the Grateful Dead

"I felt like the child of a divorce, but this
book showed me I never needed to worry, not when I was under the power of
something as great as the Grateful Dead."--Steve
, author of Home Before
Daylight: My Life on the Road with the Grateful Dead

"A hundred years from now, Jerry Garcia may be
remembered as a prophet and Bob, Mickey, Phil, and Billy as his disciples.
Illuminating, astounding, and accurate, Fare
Thee Well
is a remarkable account of the successes and failures by the
talented, individualist remaining members of the Grateful Dead since the death
of their leader Jerry Garcia. I read it in one sitting."--Steve Miller, founder of the Steve Miller Band

"Most [Grateful Dead] books end with the 1995 death of Jerry Garcia. Fare Thee Well...takes the opposite approach...[it] examines every sad twist, turn, and betrayal involved in the Dead's various offshoot groups leading up to their 2015 Fare Thee Well reunion."
Rolling Stone

"An unblinking and balanced look at the infighting, backbiting, rancor
and resentments among the surviving 'core four' band members."—Paul Liberatore, Marin Independent Journal

"An enthusiastic but clear-eyed and enjoyably gossipy piece of modern rock history."—Publishers Weekly

"[Fare Thee Well] engages readers intrigued by the Dead's
mystique. For Deadheads, sure, but also rock fans who may wonder where
the road led after Jerry died."—Kirkus

"Well-written...[Selvin] has covered the Dead nearly since their inception and did extensive research and interviewing for this book."—Library Journal

"Selvin's history of the resurrection of the band after Garcia's death is at the same time a sad and (somewhat) heartening story."—Vintage Guitar

"Fare Thee Well is by turns sad, surprising, and uplifting, and a crucial addition to any Bookshelf of the Dead."—Houston Press

"Fare Thee Well tells Classic Rock's film noir story."—Daily Beast

"Selvin smartly steers clear of tie-dyed '60s mysticism, offering instead a reported look at the lives of the remaining "core four" members. It is a breezy history, not only of the many incarnations of Dead bands that popped up, but also of how the four men grappled with their own ambitions."—Washington Post

"Fare Thee Well is a detailed look at the post-Garcia careers of all remaining Dead members, rendered in engaging, storytelling fashion."—Under the Radar

Product Details
ISBN: 9780306903052
ISBN-10: 0306903059
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication Date: June 19th, 2018
Pages: 288
Language: English
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